Another $3.6M may be coming for home buyouts along Onion Creek

Jose Gutierrez helps clean up a friend's house after it flooded. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)
Jose Gutierrez helps clean up a friend's house after it flooded. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — More than $3.6 million in federal funding may be headed to buy out more homes in the Onion Creek floodplain after the U.S. House approved the plan.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the measure on Monday, Congressman Lloyd Doggett said.

“I have been working to resolve this dangerous situation since securing the original Army Corps of Engineers study in 1998,” said Doggett. “This $3.6 million will permit more home buyouts for flood victims.”

This money is in addition to the $21 million in federal funding previously allocated for the Onion Creek watershed.

“Working with the Army Corps, I hope to secure an additional $30 million in coming years to complete conversion of the area to a greenbelt with trails,” Doggett added.

A combination of local and federal funds has be used by the City of Austin and Travis County to buy more than 400 homes in the floodplain since 2000.

The $3.6 million plan still needs U.S. Senate approval.

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